Post-Graduate Year Descriptions


Residents rotate on clinical services for four- to eight-week blocks, depending on their clinical year. These blocks are coordinated among the various clinical years and align the education component of the training program.

On various services with subspeciality fellows, the roles of the fellows and chief residents are strictly separated by attendings. In this way, the presence of a fellowship does not detract from the operative experience for the general surgery residents.

The call schedule operates on a combination of night float system, overnight call and home call. Overnight call is generally every fourth day, with interns cross-covering similar services; signout occurs prior to morning rounds. During the PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 years, most residents who are not on night float take in-house call on average either 1 in 7 or 1 in 14 days. Chief residents do not take in-house call and are home one to two weekend calls per month and take home call during the week. The call schedules are designed to comply with all aspects of the 80-hour work week regulations. We are currently participating in the FIRST trial, which permits more flexibility of duty hours, while still maintaining the strict 80-hour limit. Click here to learn more. Click here to review the initial results of the trial.

Resident Complement (2015-2016)

Resident distribution by rotation and PGY year is shown in the table below for 2015-2016. Class numbers as they appear here are variable because of differences in research time and flexibility in rotation schedule.

Rotation schedules are modified annually based on resident feedback.